'Parents should not allow children to take phones and other electronic devices into their bedrooms or use them during mealtimes, the UK’s leading doctors have said.
The recommendations are two of nine pieces of advice released by the UK’s chief medical officers to guide parents on how to manage their offspring’s use of technology.
“Time spent online can be of great benefit to children and young people, providing opportunities for learning and skills development, as well as allowing young people to find support and information,” said Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer for England.
“But we need to take a precautionary approach, and our advice will support children to reap these benefits and protect them from harm.”
While the team said there was not enough evidence to issue guidelines on how much time children should spend online or using screens, there was evidence for broader aspects of children’s use of technology, based on how it might upset known beneficial activities, including sleep.
Among the pointers, parents and carers are told to tell children not to look at screens when crossing the road, and talk to them about what they are using their devices for.
But parents are also rebuked. While being told to discuss the possible misuse of images, words and videos online with their children, the recommendations ask adults to curb their own oversharing.
“Parents and carers should never assume that children are happy for their photos to be shared,” the recommendations said. “For everyone – when in doubt, don’t upload!”'
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